As I read this article, I thought about myself and ask I had to ask myself what has changed this time vs all those other weight loss times. What has changed is my attitude. I have good days, GREAT DAYS and bad days. I have learned to just start with where I am at after a bad day and continue to move forward. I no longer beat myself up over a mis-step. I don't berrate myself for eating something I should not have.
I take responsiblity for my decisions of what I put in my mouth. It's amazing the freedom a person has when they take ownership of their own weightloss journey.
What an awesome article!!! Extremely helpful!! Thanks, Coach Dean.
God Bless!! Diana
7/14/2009 12:49:48 PM
Hi Coach Dean, It's good to see you posting new articles, as always you provide information that is reflective and uplifting. Thanks for reminding me that I may not have all of these fatitude's, but some come in to play.
This was a great article. I can already think of many people who need to read it, since the 'all or nothing' reasoning, and the 'they made me eat that' reasoning are very common. I like the nonjudgmental way you were able to explain things. It will probably work better than "What did they do to "make" you eat that baklava, put a gun to your head?".
7/14/2009 9:21:10 AM
Reading this article was perfect timing for me this morning. It helps to put what I have to do each day in perspective and makes me realize how much I've pushed "me" time aside for way too long. My favorite portion of the article is this. "The more you view your own behavior or decisions as being dictated by other people or circumstances, the more you give up the power to make your own decisions. The longer you wait for other people to change their ways to make things easier for you, the longer it will take you to reach your goals." So true. Thank you and I look forward to future articles.
I have lost 120 pounds using Spark People so far. This article gives great and very key advice. It sums up some of what I think has changed about my thinking from earlier attempts. I believe in myself and I cut myself slack all the time. On occasion, I have even chosen to eat cupcakes or cookies, and I have not felt guilty (but I do take a walk later to balance it out). Fix the thinking, and the rest isn't really that hard.
7/14/2009 8:22:48 AM
Thanks for the article. It is very common to hear people blaming their extra weight on circumstances, genetics ect. Just yesterday I heard on the radio a "new" study that said obesity is linked to our genes. I laughed and thought "jeans" Yes, they get harder to put on! While those things may influence my weight I do have personal responsibility.I have struggled with my weight my whole life. Sometimes I succeed and lose what I need to and then sometimes I gain it back. It has taken many years to bring me to where I am now (In a position to see what reality is and that it is possible to lose weight) because of all the "Fatitudes" I have had. Thanks for putting in words the things I have been thinking about for a while now.
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